CT Murder Victims’ Families Seek Death Penalty Repeal

HARTFORD, CT (AP / WCBS 880) – The families of murder victims are gathering at the state Capitol to voice support for repealing Connecticut’s death penalty.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports

The group is scheduled to hold a news conference on Wednesday.

Seventy-six people who have all lost loved ones to murder have signed a letter saying capital punishment in Connecticut offers a “false promise that goes unfilled,” leaving the families frustrated and angry after fighting the legal system for years.

The group also argues that the state is wasting millions of dollars in the process. They say the money could help provide services to victims.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he will sign legislation abolishing the state’s death penalty, a marked change from former Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who supported capital punishment for particularly heinous crimes.

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  • One of the 76

    Nick and Old Man,
    If it wasn’t acceptable for someone to murder my mother, why on earth do you think it’s acceptable for anyone, state or individual, to murder someone? It is WRONG to kill. Its that simple. I’m sorry that you think a public service was done when my mother was killed; I disagree and I have the broken heart to prove it. Your comments are uninformed and cruel.

  • http://georgejmyersjr.wordpress.com georgejmyersjr

    Death penalty trials create another tier for payment to all those involved I read. They don’t try people for murder on charity to the victims. If and when they do I would agree with the penalty. My reason however is that the NY Times statistically showed that more officers of the law are killed under the penalty than without it, arguably weapons and motives may have changed today but a lack of other statistics have not been presented to the contrary.

  • Fred

    As crimes become more and more heinous, the death penalty will be reinstated.

  • robert

    Only in Texas and Florida is the death penalty really carried out…in the rest of the country it’s costly farce…use it or abolish it…one or the other…no more lip service.

  • Nick

    So 76 people are basically telling us that their genetic stain SHOULD be killed off? Set those “murderers” free than. They didn’t murder. They were doing us a public service.

  • Old Man

    Here are 76 “Do Gooders” that are letting their family victims DOWN and DIE IN VAIN!!! It is SO OBVIOUS that the Death Penalty GUARANTEES the person WILL be 100% rehabilitated…He WON’T commit another crime! Your frustration is misdirectedat the legal system…it should be directed at the DEFENSE LAWYERS who believe it is their ‘job” to get the accused ”’OFF” AT ANY COST” even when they KNOW their client is GUILTY!! PLUNGE the needle and THROW the switch!!!

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